Ralph Anthony DeMassa
August 13, 1922 - January 27, 2011
Ralph Anthony DeMassa 88, husband of Nancy DeMassa passed away Thursday, January 27, 2011 at Norwalk Hospital. Born August 13, 1922, in Bronx, NY, he was the son of the late Ernest DeMassa and Anna DeMassa.
Ralph grew up in Norwalk where at the age of 15 he started work at odd jobs and later as a shoemaker to help support his mother and younger brothers through the depression. When his country called, Ralph served in the U.S. Army’s Third Armored Division 486th AAA Battalion in a frontline combat team. His Division served with distinction through five major campaigns until the end of the war.
When Ralph returned home he reentered the work force starting small businesses with family and friends. He later settled on general contracting and home remodeling in Fairfield County, retiring at 76.
During this time he would meet Nancy and start a family of his own. Ralph loved to read and earned an associates degree in electronics. As a father he would spend time with his growing children and later delighted in his granddaughters. His devotion to family, strong beliefs, and ever-helpful presence made him both loved and admired. He will be profoundly missed.
He is survived by sons Ralph, John, and Robert; his wife Nancy of 54 years; and 3 granddaughters.
CHANGED —A memorial service will be held in his honor at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Ave, Norwalk, CT at 11 AM THURSDAY February 3. Internment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, Norwalk, CT.
Donations in his name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital